Interested in Applying?

As part of the POHA-Denver grant, the Department of Nutrition offers students enrolled in a nutrition graduate program at MSU Denver (includes the Dietetic Internship program) the opportunity to apply for an annual $5,000 POHA-Denver Diversify Nutrition scholarship or stipend program.

*Dietetic Internship Applicants must wait to apply after confirmation of matching to the DI program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be admitted to MSU Denver as a graduate student (MSND or DI student)
  • Must be enrolled in 3 graduate credit hours

How to Apply:

  1. Complete a current FAFSA application. FAFSA information is required for scholarship/stipend consideration. Any application without FAFSA information will not be reviewed.
  2. Complete a general scholarship application. Students must first apply to the general scholarship application to receive access to the POHA-Denver Diversify Nutrition Scholarship application. The general scholarship application is now open and can be completed anytime after your graduate program acceptance.
  3. Complete the POHA-Denver Diversify Nutrition scholarship application between March 1-April 30. You will gain access to this scholarship application only after completing the general scholarship application above. As part of the POHA-Denver Diversify Nutrition scholarship application, you must thoroughly and thoughtfully answer the following essay questions:
    • Are you currently an undergraduate student at MSU Denver?
    • Were you previously an undergraduate student at MSU Denver?
    • What languages other than English do you speak, and please describe your level of proficiency.
    • Are you a first-generation college student?
    • Why do you think diversity is needed (important) in the nutrition and dietetics profession?
    • Please describe how you could contribute to enhancing diversity within the nutrition graduate programs at MSU Denver and within the nutrition and dietetics profession.
    • Describe your cultural life experiences and how they align with the goals and objectives of the POHA-Denver grant.
    • How do you intend to use this scholarship if awarded?
    • If you were a POHA scholar previously, what would you hope to gain from another year as a POHA scholar?
    • How will attending the POHA required workshops, events, and advising sessions impact your educational experience? For reference, please see an example of a typical schedule of POHA events by clicking the link above in Step 3.
  4. The POHA-Denver grant provides both scholarship and stipend opportunities for students. POHA-Denver Diversify Nutrition stipends are tied to graduate research assistant positions in the Department of Nutrition. Research assistants provide support for study design, data collection, data entry, report writing and other various research tasks. Research assistants must demonstrate leadership and self-starter characteristics. The Department of Nutrition also employs graduate students as teaching assistants but through another application avenue. For questions about teaching assistant opportunities, please contact [email protected]. The following application is ONLY for graduate research assistant positions. Graduate research assistants for POHA-Denver typically work 10-20 hours per week and are paid a stipend for their work ($5,000 per academic year or $2,500 per term). The following questions must be answered as part of the stipend application:
    • Would you like to fill out an additional application to be considered for a graduate research assistant stipend position through POHA-Denver? (Please note that this application is only for POHA-Denver graduate research assistant positions. There is a separate application process for graduate teaching assistant positions. Current dietetic interns are not eligible for graduate assistant positions.)
    • Why do you want to be a research assistant for the POHA program?
    • Please describe your research interests as they relate to the topic of diversity in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
    • Please describe your other areas of research interest.
    • What skills or experience do you have related to research that will help you excel at this position? Please provide at least one specific example demonstrating your skills or experience.

Connect with Us

Want more information?

For more information on the POHA-Denver Diversify Nutrition Scholarship and Stipend Program, please contact the Department of Nutrition. Click below to send us an email!

Email Us

Department of Nutrition


Office Location:
West Classroom 240

Office Hours:
8:00am – 5:00pm

Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Nutrition
Campus Box 33N
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362